PA: Democratic State Lawmaker Opens Fire on Suspected Armed Robbers in the Streets of Harrisburg

October 15 2014
by GSL Staff
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A concealed carrying state lawmaker, Rep. Marty Flynn (D), apparently opened fire on a pair of suspected armed robbers on the streets of Harrisburg, PA last night.

According to ABC27,

Harrisburg police are investigating an attempted robbery and shooting involving two State House Democrats, according to the website

According to the website, State Rep. Marty Flynn of Scranton and State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie were approached around 11 p.m. Tuesday near the 200 block of Herr Street. The pair was confronted by two muggers and a driver, the report said.

The suspects allegedly opened fire first and Flynn drew his firearm and returned fire.

We can’t find much on Flynn’s stance on guns except that he seems to have hosted a free seminar on concealed carry just hours before the alleged incident. According to the Times Leader,

State Rep. Marty Flynn is inviting local gun owners and interested persons to attend a free seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 or 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Lackawanna College Police Academy. Participants can learn about the rights and responsibilities that accompany a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Flynn is a former corrections officer and professional MMA fighter.

This is the 51st defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Pennsylvania and the 1,320th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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